Over the past 4 years, The American School has been working with Heartbeat Vietnam, a local charity, in a fundraising effort to assist in providing heart surgeries for disadvantaged children who suffer from congenital heart defects. Each year TAS holds a school-wide, week long fundraiser in which the students team up to sell drinks and food as well as offer games to play for a small donation. There is also a t-shirt design competition where the winning design is put on the t-shirt that is sold during the week. The middle school high school students participate in basketball, dodge ball, and Frisbee games to raise money. Each year staff and students visit Tam Duc Heart Hospital to see the recipients of the TAS fundraising efforts. This is a great way for the students to see how their donations and fundraising efforts have helped children in need. At TAS we want to teach our students to empathize with people who are going through difficulties. Heartbeat Vietnam has become very dear to the TAS Family and this year will continue our fundraising efforts in November to help save more lives.